TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Hollis Thompson found just the right spot for a game-winning shot: Right in front of Georgetown’s bench.
Thompson hit a long 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to lift the Hoyas to a 57-55 win over No. 12 Alabama on Thursday night, ending the Crimson Tide’s 24-game home winning streak. Then he didn’t have to go far for the celebration.
“We drew a play trying to penetrate and they played it pretty well,” Thompson said.
So he took the only option left, and delivered.
Alabama (7-1) had taken its second lead of the second half on Trevor Releford’s two free throws with 13 seconds remaining. After a quick timeout by Georgetown, Clark and Hollis Thompson silenced a crowd thinking it was going to escape with the nearly 2-year-old streak alive.
Then, a ball screen and an apparent defensive mixup from Trevor Lacey and JaMychal Green helped get Thompson the contested shot.
“We didn’t effectively defend that the way we were supposed to,” Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. “Neither of the players that were involved defended it the way that we were supposed to.”
The Tide rallied from a nine-point deficit over the final 3 minutes. Thompson hit the final two baskets forGeorgetown, which also beat then-No. 8 Memphis in overtime last week.
Henry Sims scored 13 points and Thompson added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Hoyas, who came in averaging 82 points but matched Alabama’s stingy defense stop for stop.
Tony Mitchell scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half for Alabama and finished off a couple of alley oops from Releford.
“He certainly ignited our team and the building,” Grant said.
Green seldom got the ball inside against Georgetown’s zone and scored six of his 13 points over the final 5 minutes. Releford had nine points and six assists.
“It just got us out of whack, and we weren’t aggressive against the zone,” Green said. “There’s just a lot of things we could have done differently. Just getting the ball in the middle. Once you get the ball in the middle, it beats the zone and we really didn’t do that.”